Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute
Apr 29 , 2020
A lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court by the state of Missouri is just another political diversion designed to divert attention from Trump’s incompetent response to the coronavirus threat.
Apr 21 , 2020
The coronavirus poses a stark threat to humanity, and it’s only natural for people to worry. And that can lead to unfortunate misunderstandings, as in the recent accusation of racism against Nigerians.
Mar 11 , 2020
Iran fears accepting any American offer of help with the coronavirus epidemic because it believes its archenemy would not be sincere, but rather use any aid as leverage to undermine the regime. That fear is not unfounded.
Feb 19 , 2020
Support for the Palestinians — or lack of it — from Arab states in the Middle East will determine whether, and how much, the latest one-sided Trump policy can be implemented.
Oct 02 , 2019
Britain, France and Germany have shifted their position, but with the suggestion of permanent denuclearization in exchange for permanent removal of sanctions, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif may have kicked the ball back to the United States.
Sep 24 , 2019
Saudi Arabia faces the prospect of becoming engulfed in in a war with Iran before it has fully extracted itself from the conflict in Yemen. Adjustments may follow, both diplomatic and domestic.
Jun 06 , 2019
Considering the Sino-US trade war to be a mere quibble over tariffs and deficits misses the big picture: the clash of these two economic titans threatens not only bilateral relations, but also global prosperity and even the peaceful world order that has prevailed since World War II.
May 28 , 2019
A senior U.S. State Department official’s inflammatory comments about a “Clash of Civilizations” reignited debate about how to view history and differing cultures. The Conference on Asian Civilizations Dialogue, hosted in Beijing this May, offered a more level-headed and equitable path to understand civilizational differences.
Apr 29 , 2019
In an echo of the Arab Spring of 2011, societal earthquakes in Algeria and Sudan shocked North Africa, ousting strongmen who had ruled for decades. The fallen presidents’ fate reveals the importance of the military in Arab societies and the central role of economic development as the foundation of political stability.
Jan 21 , 2019
While the US withdraws its troops from the Middle East, it’s putting in place a framework to secure its interests.